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Stabenow, Boozman Announce Vilsack's Senate Confirmation
Iowa Ag Connection - 02/24/2021

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), ranking member, Tuesday announced that the U.S. Senate voted 92-7 to confirm Tom Vilsack to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

"After an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Secretary Vilsack can now get to work and help our farmers, families, and rural communities," said Stabenow. "I look forward to partnering with him to address the challenges for our farmers and rural communities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, feed American families in need, and create new markets while curbing the climate crisis."

"Secretary Vilsack has a track record of working with Congress, and today's strong bipartisan vote expresses the Senate's confidence that he will continue that approach moving forward. Congress and the administration must work together to address the many pressing matters facing the ag community and rural America, particularly the need to provide swift relief to those affected by the ongoing pandemic. Building a good relationship with Secretary Vilsack will help us achieve our mutual goals while ensuring that the needs of farmers and ranchers are always at the forefront of USDA's agenda," said Boozman.

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Secretary Vilsack's nomination on Feb. 2 and favorably reported him out of the Committee with bipartisan support.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said of the confirmation, "Having an Iowan at the helm of USDA is positive for our state's agriculture community. Secretary Vilsack will be able to hit the ground running given his previous experience as agriculture secretary, and being a former Governor, he understands the partnership between states and the federal government. I look forward to working alongside Secretary Vilsack to continue to grow demand for renewable fuels, prevent foreign animal diseases, advance water quality and soil health, promote international trade and support investments in rural America."


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